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Performance in the Blockades of Neoliberalism

Thinking the Political Anew

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Part of the Studies in International Performance book series (STUDINPERF)

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About this book


This book ranges from refugee camps in Palestine to halting sites of the Irish Travellers and elsewhere in search of a new politics practiced through performance. Written through the intersection of performance and philosophy, the book refutes neoliberalism's depoliticizing and strategic uses of humanitarianism, human rights, and development.


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About the authors

MAURYA WICKSTROM Associate Professor of Theatre at the College of Staten Island (CUNY), USA, and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA. She is the author of Performing Consumers: Global Capital and its Theatrical Seductions. Her articles have been published in TDR, Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Theatre Annual, and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Her essay, Housed: The Irish State, Neoliberalism and Irish Traveller Theatre appeared in Changing the Subject: Marvin Carlson and Theatre Studies, edited by Joseph Roach.

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'Generous in its international reach, daring in its theoretical inclusiveness, precise in its politically nuanced analysis, Maurya Wickstrom's work is that unusual thing: a book that recognises and illuminates what performance has to do with the disaffected and the disempowered.' - Alan Read, Professor of Theatre, King's College London

'...Wickstrom offers a vibrant and innovative application of critical philosophy to sophisticated notions of theatre efficacy in the context of globalized politics... This book will be of great interest to scholars of political performance, applied theatre, and theatre philosophy, and also more broadly to those concerned with the fields of politics and international development.' - Cami Rowe, New Theatre Quarterly